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Fabio Velasquez

SFA Cebar

Fabio Velasquez Fabio Velasquez

Impact metric

47% increase in jobs since selection, and 20% growth in revenues
“I saw an opportunity to empower farmers and ranchers in Colombia.”
Country
Colombia
Industry
Financial Services
Employees
150
Year selected
2009
Website

Company Snapshot

Fabio creates financing solutions that develop the agricultural sector in Colombia. His company, SFA CEBAR, offers a variety of financial products that empower farmers and ranchers in two ways: 1) by leveraging their cattle or land as assets in order to raise capital; or 2) by earning profits by harvesting land or livestock that is owned by investors or lenders. SFA CEBAR has created a portfolio of six products, including a successful cattle leasing program and the first private equity fund for cattle farming in Colombia. Through partnerships with Colombia’s leading financial institutions, SFA CEBAR has raised more than US$500 million in debt and equity for Colombian agribusiness, a sector that represents more than 10% of Colombia’s GDP.

Endeavor and SFA Cebar

In 2010, Fabio worked with Endeavor Colombia to evaluate his business strategy and create a 3-year plan through a Financial and Strategic Lab. Endeavor Colombia organized an Endeavor Day specifically for CEBAR, in which the company’s employees participated in various workshops.

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